About Us

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) provides 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling, youth peer support and referrals through 211 and our programs at SORCe – all at no cost. For over 50 years, Distress Centre has served Calgary and Southern Alberta, ensuring everyone has a place to turn in times of crisis.

We do not define crisis.  We do not judge. Anyone can call us day or night.

Mission: Provide compassionate, accessible crisis support that enhances the health, well-being and resiliency of individuals in distress.

Vision: Everyone is heard.

Values: Accessibility, Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Inclusivity, Innovation, Leadership, Partnerships, Respect, Volunteerism


Robyn RomanoRobyn Romano

Chief Executive Officer


Mike Velthuis Kroeze

Mike Velthius Kroeze, BSW, RSW

Director of Programs and Performance

Bianca Zhou MSA, CPA

Director of Finance

Diane Jones Konihowski, C.M. B.Ed. LLD (Honorary)

Director, Fund Development & Communications

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Candice Giammarino

Director of Programs at SORCe


David Kirby

David Kirby, MSW, RSW, RCSW

Clinical Services Manager

Roxanne Cote

Roxanne Cote BMGT

Resource Development Manager

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Sangeeta Sharma, PhD, Psch

211 Program Manager

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Lindsay Douglas, BCMM

Communications Manager

Board of Directors

Distress Centre Calgary is governed by an exemplary group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors. They bring exceptional skills, vision and experience from a variety backgrounds to lead strategic direction, governance and fiduciary accountability. The Board is committed to ensuring Distress Centre remains an accessible, innovative and compassionate agency that delivers excellent service to our clients and continues to meet the emerging needs of our community.

Board of Directors 2021-2022


  • Duncan Melville, Chair – The Boston Consulting Group
  • Chantal Milloy, Vice Chair – Levvel Inc.
  • Linda Dietsche, Treasurer


  • Amanda Kousinioris – Alberta Securities Commission
  • Aminda Galappaththi – Calgary Housing Company
  • Beth Pollock – Gibson Energy
  • Janet Segato – SAIT
  • Kelly Sutton – RBC
  • Kevin Drinkwater – JFive
  • Kiersten Mohr – Terra Firma Transition Consulting
  • Lori Berg – ATB Financial
  • Shauna Moscovich – SMART Technologies
  • Tonino Rizzuti – ENMAX

Our Impact Funders: